Mars rover Curiosity: Wind sensors damaged image

Curiosity is having problems. NASA reports that wind sensors on Mars rover Curiosity are damaged.

The agency reports that the problem is minor but “disappointing”.

This comes after Curiosity flexed its robotic arm Monday for the first time since before its November launch. The robotic arm maneuvers a turret of tools, including a camera, drill, spectrometer, a scoop and devices for sieving and portioning soil and powdered rock samples. The arm’s turret has a mass of about 66 pounds and it’s nearly two-feet in diameter.

The test is part of a full health checkup Curiosity has been undergoing since landing in an ancient crater on the red planet Aug. 5th.

“It worked just as we planned,” Louise Jandura, Curiosity’s sample system chief engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement. “From telemetry and from the images received this morning, we can confirm that the arm went to the positions we commanded it to go to.”

Curiosity was expected to point the laser at various rocks as it drives toward Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-high mountain rising from the crater floor.

More details soon.